ARCHAEOLOGICAL-RELIGIOUS MONUMENTS AND AREAS

 

The Ancient Pella, second capital of the Macedonian state, after Aigai, built with the well-known Hippodamian system, sparkes the interest of the visitor to learn more about Greek culture, since we also meet important Macedonian tombs such as the tomb of Philip II. There is also an Archaeological Museum.

Archaeological site in Mieza

Close to Vergina, there is another Macedonian town, Mieza. Here, there are four Macedonian graves of large dimensions, with frescoes of the 4th century BC. In the same area was Nymfaio, a place of cult of the Nymphs, where the famous school of Aristotle was hosted.


Archaeological Sites of Aigai (Vergina)

Here are great monuments of Macedonian culture such as the Aigai Palace, the tomb of Philip II of the Macedonian King and the tomb of Persephone.

Step of the Apostle Paul

A monument where the Apostle of the Nations, Paul, declared the Christian religion in Veroia.

Monastery of Panagia Soumela

On the slopes of Vermio, near the village of Kastania, the Holy Monastery of Panagia Soumela dominates majestically. It is the spiritual center of Pontus Hellenism, who built it as an attempt to revive the historic monastery of the same name, the ruins of which lie on Mount Melas, near Trebizond in Asia Minor. Here is the miraculous icon of Virgin Mary, created by Evangelist Loukas. The pilgrimage flows do not cease throughout the year, culminating in August, when the Monastery celebrates.

The Temple of the Old Metropolis of Veria

It is one of the largest medieval Byzantine basilicas of the Balkans, and particularly important is the painting decoration of the monument, which took place in different periods. To the north, minaret survives since the Ottomans turned the temple into a mosque. At the nearby plane tree, the Turks hung the Metropolit of Veria, Saint Arsenios.

Agios Nikolaos Grove at Naoussa. Just 3 km away from the city of Naoussa, the springs of Arapitsa are hidden beneath its huge, aged plane trees, which with its abundant waters water the whole city and irrigate its fertile land. Modern recreation and leisure facilities, day and night walkways, taverns and the VERMIO Hotel offer thousands of visitors an ideal setting for relaxation.

MUSEUMS-SIGHTSEEING

 

A 310 km long Greek River, just before its discharge into the Thermaicos Gulf, forms a Delta that hosts important biotopes.

Vermio

A mild mountain with a height of just over 2 km, overgrown mainly by beech and fir, oak and chestnut trees, has great flora and fauna and is an important hiking destination with more than 70 km of marked trails.

3-5 Pigadia Ski Center

At an altitude of 1430-2005 meters it belongs to the Municipality of Naoussa and is one of the most modern ski resorts with integrated facilities for touristic-athletic skiing and the only one that has an artificial snow system. The wonderful climate, the beautiful natural environment and the amazing sports facilities have established it as a center for the preparation of sports teams.

Seli Ski Center

The first organized ski center in Greece at an altitude of 1534-1900 meters on Mount Vermio in the prefecture of Imathia, in the village of Seli, one of the highest in Greece. It is 24 km away from Veria, 20 km from Naoussa and 95 km from Thessaloniki. Main access is made via the Egnatia highway and the provincial road Veroia-Seli and via Naoussa-Seli.

Archaeological Museum of Veroia

It houses exhibits from the Neolithic to the Roman period, such as tombs, clay stacks, metal pots, etc., most famous for the "Gymnasia Law", a marble column of the 2nd century BC including the rules of the Gymnasium.

Byzantine Museum of Veroia

It is housed in the Marcus' Mill, a prestigious 1911 building, next to the ancient city wall. The Byzantine exhibits prove the glorious history of the city, classifying it as a regional metropolis of Byzantium in the heart of Macedonia.